Moped Runs on Air

by Mark R

Moped Runs on Air

I have seen the future, and contrary to what Al Gore thinks, it is actually a convenient truth. One day, we all will drive vehicles that will run on air, and will actually produce healthy emissions instead of pollutants like carbon monoxide gases.

I had my brief glimpse into this Earth-friendly future when I heard about Jem Stansfield, a former shepherd now turned inventor who has designed an air powered bike. All Stansfield did was connect a few air canisters that are normally used by firefighters to a normal Puch moped. I suppose that sounds like an easy DIY operation, but Stansfield is a true innovator in creating one of the most environmentally sound vehicles today.

Of course, this moped can only reach a top speed of 18 mph, and can only travel for about seven minutes per canister. The canisters for this mode of transportation are quite expensive at $6 a tank at the most.

Of course, considering how much gas prices are rising, this air-powered moped might eventually be a less expensive way to travel. At least the emissions would be cleaner, and you definitely have to admit that this invention, crude as it may be, is a step in the right direction for a greener Earth. Perhaps someone will perfect this technology, and we’ll all have fresh air-powered vehicles with more cost-efficient fuel.


10 reviews or comments

Richad Says: April 17, 2008 at 4:15 pm

just a heads up. they already have cars with this technology that will refuel the air tanks when it runs out; like a hybrid does. i think they are already being sold somewhere in south america or central america.

Jloeber Says: April 18, 2008 at 6:22 am

And what fuel does one use to power the compressor that fills the canisters? I can’t imagine the air powered engine is that much more efficient that the electric or fuel powered compressor.

Richad Says: April 18, 2008 at 3:09 pm

i think it uses biodiesel or normal fuel but only when the air runs out and needs to be refilled

Steve Day Says: April 20, 2008 at 5:29 pm

Why not stick a politician under the seat – everyone knows they’re full of hot air.

richard Says: April 21, 2008 at 3:20 pm

Hey they made that on planet mechanics (national geography channel i think)he made it with dick strawbridge for a sandwich shop.

go on this for more info:

chow Says: May 6, 2008 at 11:33 pm

what did he use for the two motors?
is it something he bought off-the-shelf? or did he make it on his own?… or did he pull it off some other device?
im trying 2 recreate this bike, so any advice on the motor will be of great help. thanks

richard shaw Says: May 8, 2008 at 12:04 pm

Hi i think he used and i think he used two so that they would have enough power.

Moped rider Says: February 27, 2010 at 8:18 am

The car company in india called MDI uses compressed air to power a rotary style device that moves the vehicle. This moped is a great Idea if your ride in under 7 minutes. Just stop at race track and fill it up.

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